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Fundamentals of Narcotics Investigations

The Fundamentals of Narcotics Investigations course is designed as entry-level training for those who are new to drug investigations.  This two-day class will give students an overview of basic plain clothes drug unit functions with a specific emphasis on the investigative techniques unique to short-term and local cases.  Additional focus will be given to basic search warrants and exceptions commonly encountered by narcotics agents.  The class will culminate with numerous case studies that will demonstrate the effectiveness and pitfalls of the learned techniques. 

This course was developed and is instructed by experienced narcotics investigators Tanner Jenkins and Scott Courrege.  Tanner and Scott previously worked together as investigators at DEA and are responsible for the largest-to-date federal drug conspiracy indictment in the Middle District of Louisiana.  Additionally, they were the case and undercover agents of several OCDETF Title-III wiretap cases that led to single-day money seizures that exceeded $1,000,000 and the infiltration of the Sinaloa Drug Cartel.  Both were recognized by the United States Department of Justice and the United States Attorney’s Office for their investigative achievements.

Tanner is currently a Narcotics Division commander and supervises 15 agents.  Since Tanner took command of the unit in 2018, his agents have seized over $7,200,000 in United States currency and made over 650 felony drug arrests.  Tanner has been recognized in federal court as a drug investigation expert and has previous assignments with SWAT, street crimes, and uniform patrol.  Scott is an attorney who specializes in law enforcement training and police practices consulting.  Scott has over 20 years of law enforcement experience, including federal employment with the United States Border Patrol and the Drug Enforcement Administration, and he is still an active part-time deputy assigned to Training.  Scott regularly instructs numerous academy courses and has been recognized by POST and by courts as a subject matter expert.  Scott’s previous assignments include narcotics, street crimes, community policing, and uniform patrol.


*Instructors are acting in their individual capacities and not as representatives or employees of any Law Enforcement Agency.


Day 1:

Drug Laws

Search & Seizure Refresher

Drug Identification & Trafficking Trends

Case Initiation Procedures

Informant Development & Management

Investigative Techniques

Day 2:

Investigative Techniques (continued)

Search Warrant Drafting

Search Warrant Execution

Case Studies

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